Jonny Diaz - Sweetness And Sorrow

Published Monday 25th February 2019
Jonny Diaz - Sweetness And Sorrow
Jonny Diaz - Sweetness And Sorrow

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 171243-27311
LABEL: Centricity

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

We've been slow off the mark with this one. This EP from the singer/songwriter from Lakeland, Florida was released in June last year and has now been subsequently expanded to a full length Deluxe Edition album but we're still getting to grips with the EP and all very nice it is too. Down the years different reviewers have compared Jonny's musical approach to that of Jason Mraz while CCM acts like Bebo Norman and Brandon Heath have also been put into the comparison frame. For me the two outstanding songs here are "Watch You Be A Mother", a tribute to Diaz's wife Libby which is moving but never sugar-coated and a song whose first lines "He doesn't use a pitchfork/He doesn't have a tail" make it clear whose been targeted though the party melody may be a tad upbeat for such a dark subject. I think the worship orientated "Let Faith Move You" has picked up a bit of US airplay though nothing like as much as 2009's "More Beautiful You" and 2015's "Breathe". Production by Jeff Pardo (Francesca Battistelli) and Scott Cash (Passion) is top rate and I can honestly say I'm looking forward to hearing the Deluxe Edition.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Broken People [Listen]
2. Let Faith Move You [Listen]
3. There [Listen]
4. Define Me [Listen]
5. Watch You Be A Mother [Listen]
6. Need You Always [Listen]

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